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16 cattle killed in snow fog crash near Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Sixteen cattle died in a snow fog crash on Monday, Feb. 11, about noon on U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Devils Lake.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Garrett Hoopman of Dunseith was traveling east towing a livestock trailer when a semi passed him, leaving him in a cloud of snow fog.

Hoopman was unable to see the roadway and ran off the four-lane highway into the snow-filled median where he hit an embankment and the livestock trailer he was pulling with his 2013 Kenworth overturned, the patrol said.

The trailer had 83 cattle in it, with 16 dying in the crash. The cattle were bound for the Devils Lake sales barn.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries, said the patrol, but he refused medical attention.

The North Dakota Stockmen's Association assisted at the scene.

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